Legal matters involving your children are some of the most stressful, complicated, and concerning of all family law issues. Child custody can be a point of contention, particularly if you believe the other parent could endanger the health or safety of your child. At Norfolk Justice, our child custody lawyers take a team approach and collaborate in developing a powerful, well-crafted case to present to the court.
Our attorneys understands the urgency associated with child custody or visitation issues, and we fight vigorously to protect the rights of parents and the safety and health of children. Call (757) 255-7898 to discuss your case today.
Child Custody & Visitation Laws in Virginia
After a relationship ends, the subjects of child custody and visitation arise. Where will your child live? Will you have joint custody, joint physical custody, sole custody, or will one parent be granted visitation rights? Under Virginia law, the court makes decisions about custody and visitation based on a set of factors related to the health, safety, and best interests of the child.
Father’s Rights, Mother’s Rights: Equal Under the Law.
The law does not favor either parent, and both parents are presumed to be the natural and proper guardians. A set of factors are evaluated in a decision regarding custody and visitation of children, guided by the principle of protecting the best interests of the child.
- Joint Legal Custody: You and the other parent of your child (or children) retain joint responsibility and authority to make decisions regarding your child’s health, education, and other matters, even if the primary residence is with one parent.
- Joint Physical Custody: Both parents share physical custody of the child, with two homes.
- Sole Custody: One parent has the primary responsibility for the child and has the right and responsibility to make all decisions.
Visitation Rights: You & Your Children
Your child needs your support and treasures the time they spend with you. If the other parent of your child violates a court-ordered visitation schedule, or circumstances have changed, requiring amending a court-ordered visitation schedule, the changes must be approved by the court. Failing to do so could lead to serious legal repercussions.
Child Custody & Visitation Lawyers for the Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth
Child custody and visitation decisions are made in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. If you do not currently have access to your children, our team of dedicated child custody and visitation attorneys in Norfolk will file a petition on your behalf. We protect the parental rights of the people we represent. Our approach involves a thorough evaluation of the situation, state law, and determining the best strategy to employ to achieve your goals.
- We Fight Vigorously to Achieve the Best Possible Outcome
- We Are Easy to Communicate with & Readily Accessible
- A Collaborative Team Approach with Multiple Attorneys